LAWRENCE RUSSELL BREWER signed death row photo 4"×6" EXECUTED
Photograph of a participant in the Jasper, TX dragging death of an African American man.
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This auction is for a signed visitation photo of executed Texas convicted murderer Lawrence Russell Brewer (3/13/1967 – 9/21/ 2011). During the early morning hours of 6/7/1998 in rural Jasper County, TX, Brewer, with accomplices Shawn Allen Berry and John William King, invited a local African American man they knew to accompany them, after seeing him walking home. After what was initially said to be "a drug deal gone bad," the three men beat, stabbed, and dragged his body about three miles. Forensic evidence very clearly suggested the victim was dead prior to being dragged. The victim was later said to be alive while he was dragged to add kidnapping to the charges to secure a death sentence. King was convicted for his role in the crime and sentenced to death 2/25/1999. Brewer and Berry were each tried and convicted in separate trials. Due to gross misconduct by prosecutors, numerous legal issues (such as factual innocence), King's execution was delayed. But the State of Texas kills, regardless of innocence or guilt. King was executed 4/24/2019. This Jasper dragging death case was largely celebrated in the press and continues to receive media attention to this day. Brewer was executed 9/21/2011. He was 49.
There are two interesting facts about the executions of both Brewer and King. Brewer was said to have declined his final meal, thus creating a change within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, dispensing with the customary "last meal" request. Inmates to be executed would be given what the prison was serving that evening, no special requests to be accepted. The truth is Brewer left his bible in the prison transportation van, which had all of his phone numbers. Texas death row inmates are not allowed to use the phone, except in the hours leading up to their executions. So, you can image having those numbers are very important. Officers gave Brewer a choice, they would either get his final meal or his bible. Of course this isn't how the incident was presented to the media. Another change in policy came with the execution of King, who gave a final written statement, "Capital punishment: Them without the capital get the punishment." Written statements are important as the State of Texas routinely misprints final words on their website. Without a final written statement they can basically print whatever they want. This only hurts surviving family members. After King's powerful last words, the T.D.C.J. barred inmates from giving a final written statements.
ITEM DESCRIPTION: The photograph is a standard 4"×6", printed on Kodak photo paper, is matte finish, and signed, "Lawrence Russell Brewer, 2009, Texas Death Row." A professional photo printing machine was used, not a home computer printer or the like. The picture is bent a just little bit, in the bottom right-hand corner, like ol' Russell had it on his bed and dropped a book on it? If you look closely you can see the crease that was created in the scan. The photograph comes inside a protective comic book sleeve with an acid free board. Message me with any questions you might have. Thanks for having a look-see.
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